No visit to Transylvania is complete without a quick stop at Bran Castle, the reputed home of Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia, a member of the House of Drăculești, also known, using his patronymic, as (Vlad) Drăculea or (Vlad) Dracula and posthumously dubbed Vlad the Impaler.
Regarding his nickname, Wikipedia has this to offer:
As the cognomen ‘The Impaler’ suggests, his practice of impaling his enemies is part of his historical reputation. During his lifetime, his reputation for excessive cruelty spread abroad, to Germany and elsewhere in Europe. The name of the vampire Count Dracula in Bram Stoker‘s 1897 novel Dracula was inspired by Vlad’s patronymic.
The castle is almost entirely open and we were able to wander for what seemed like hours among its many floors and rooms. There was even a secret stairwell and short-cut the trip from floor one to three.
Also, as part of our visit, and for a few extra lei (Romanian currency), we opted to visit the area specializing in Medieval Torture devices (see the photo sub folder).
Below are the photos we took of the trip. Click the “Load more” link at the bottom to see more photos.